Future on Fire: Capitalism and the Politics of Climate Change

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by David Camfield, foreword by Dharna Noor

PM Press

10/11/2022, paperback

SKU: 9781629639376


Climate change is already affecting millions of people. 

Governments talk about taking action to limit global heating to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but the greenhouse gas emissions allowed by their policies have the Earth on track to heating far more than that by the end of the century -- a level of heating that will have truly disastrous consequences. Visionary plans for how to slash emissions and make society better at the same time abound, including various Green New Deals. But how can we make the changes that are so urgently needed.

Future on Fire argues that a just transition from fossil fuels and other drivers of climate change will not be delivered by businesspeople or politicians that support the status quo. Nor will electing green left leaders be enough to overcome the opposition of capitalists and state bureaucrats. Only the power of disruptive mass social movements has the potential to force governments to make the changes we need, so supporters of climate justice should commit to building them. Confronting the question "what if heating above 2 degrees becomes unavoidable?" and refusing to despair, David Camfield argues that even a ravaged planet is worth fighting for -- and that ultimately the only solution to the ecological crisis created by capitalism is a transition to ecosocialism.


"Naomi Klein says only mass movements can save us from climate catastrophe. In this clear, concise, and absolutely convincing book, David Camfield shows why that is, and how we can build an effective movement to stop capitalism's deadly assault on our planet. Essential reading for every climate activist." -- Ian Angus, author of Facing the Anthropocene and editor of climateandcapitalism.com

"In these times of rising oceans and constant bruising of the natural world it is easy to feel hopeless and alone. David Camfield's fine-grained study shows precisely where the resources for hope lie: in collective mass movements that threaten capitalism's power and its planet-destroying drive for profit. It is essential reading for all those seeking to put the brakes on accumulation, but especially for those who dare to imagine a world of beauty and justice." -- Tithi Bhattacharya, co-author of Feminism for the 99%

"Facing up to the climate crisis means building mass movements, but what does this entail? David Camfield has given activists an indispensable guide to the key issues and the practical implications." -- Gareth Dale, co-editor of Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives

About the contributors:

David Camfield teaches labour studies and sociology at the University of Manitoba and has been involved in social justice efforts since high school. He is the author of We Can Do Better: Ideas for Changing Society and Canadian Labour in Crisis: Reinventing the Workers' Movement.

Dharna Noor writes about climate breakdown and environmental justice. She is currently a staff writer at Gizmodo's climate vertical, Earther, and previously led the climate crisis bureau at the Real News Network. Her work has also appeared in Jacobin, TruthoutIn These Times, and the 2021 essay collection The World We Need. She lives in Baltimore.